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13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do

13thingscover-e1407853185250About 12 months ago, I came across an intriguing Forbes post called “13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do.”

So of course I blogged about it here.

Then, just a few weeks ago, the post’s author, Amy Morin, reached out to share some exciting news – her new book by the same name will be available on December 23rd!

This made me very happy for a few reasons:

a) She offered to send me a copy so I could share the book here (free books, yay!),

b) amidst the holiday stress, a reminder about how to stay mentally strong was welcome and timely,

c) the book greatly expands on each of the 13 points, explaining through stories and examples exactly how to avoid doing each of the 13 things (and replace them with mentally strong habits instead!)

AmyMorinLCSWAmy is a licensed clinical social worker, a researcher, a writer, but most of all she is a human being who has personally experienced how developing mental strength is a choice, and one that can be life-transforming.

After experiencing the deaths of three loved ones in close succession (her mom, her first husband, her second husband’s dad), she wrote her original list of “13 Things.”

That was the list I discovered on Forbes….the list that was shared nearly 10 million times that has now become the book by the same name.


13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do, the book, is for you if you seek to learn how to:

  • Stop feeling sorry for yourself.
  • Hold on to your own power.
  • Embrace (or at least stay open to) change.
  • Spend your energy on what you can control.
  • Choose right action over people pleasing.
  • Risk when the time is right.
  • Stay centered in the present.
  • Learn from your mistakes.
  • Celebrate success (others’, and your own).
  • Keep trying until success is yours.
  • Enjoy your alone time.
  • Approach each day with gratitude.
  • Find the patience to wait for big good things.


Visit Amy, watch the video book trailer, learn more about her story, & order:

Today’s Takeaway: If you can find yourself anywhere in this list, or if your New Year’s resolutions look a lot like this list, or if you just want to be happier and more empowered, “13 Things” will make a lovely gift from you to you this holiday season! And if you do pick up a copy, I’d love to hear your thoughts about the book (or the audio book, or the e-book) here! 


13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do

Shannon Cutts

Parrot, tortoise & box turtle mama. Writer. Author. Songwriter. Champion of all people (and things) recovered and recovering.

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Cutts, S. (2014). 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 13, 2020, from


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